THE DARKER SIDE OF EQUALITY? THE DECLINING GENDER GAP IN CRIME: HISTORICAL TRENDS AND AN ENHANCED ANALYSIS OF STAGGERED BIRTH COHORTS
(English)In: British Journal of Criminology, ISSN 0007-0955, E-ISSN 1464-3529Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
In this article, we elucidate the way the gender gap in crime has changed in Sweden since the mid-19th century. The analysis is directed at theft offences and violent crime. The long historical perspective provides a background to our analysis that focuses on the period since the 1980s. Our principal data are comprised of the registered offending of different birth cohorts. Most of the findings from our study refute the hypothesis that the declining gender gap in crime is due to an increasing number of women committing offences. Instead, the most important driving forces inrecent times have been a powerful decline in the number of men convicted of theft crime and a netwidening effect causing a rise in womens’ convictions for violence.
crime trends, crime drop, gender gap, net-widening, inequality, Sweden
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-125383OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-125383DiVA: diva2:892593
FunderForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2011-0344